French Chocolate Mousse Recipe

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Yum! French Chocolate Mousse! If you are looking for the perfect recipe to impress, don’t look any further! This is THE delicious chocolate recipe you need in your repertoire! It’s easy and not very long to prepare and foolproof.

This mousse is firm but light, just the perfect texture. It is decadent and not too sweet, just enough, just what you need.

WARNING: It is quite irresistible and you will have to be strong and work on your self control!

True story.

French Chocolate Mousse

A Chocolate Mousse Is For All Occasions

But most of all, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. This week, I suggested a decadent chocolate tart and now you have this other option, a faster one for a last minute decision.

Listen, I have made that recipe on many many occasions. Even last minute, my mousse was set aside during dinner and it was delicious. It was sufficient time.

Too much to do? Prepared ahead of time to make your life easier, store in the fridge 24 to 48 hours. I actually can’t guarantee it can be saved that long, who in their right mind will open the fridge and ignore the chocolate mousse?

I warned you!

Presentation is so versatile: Bite size in glass shots, I choose wine glasses. You don’t have any of these? No problem. How about a big salad bowl? Family serving. Add fresh fruits, a leaf of mint like in restaurant, sprinkle some chocolate, or put a cookie in it. The sky is the limit.

One last advice…

This foolproof recipe has a secret for the best taste ever. Use a good quality chocolate, dark preferably and please please unsweetened.

I have tried it with milk chocolate and trust me I actually often prefer milk chocolate but not here. Not with this chocolate mousse recipe. You need the real deal.

Try it and let me know. There is no way you won’t love this recipe!

Foolproof chocolate mousse

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Recipe adapted and inspired from the book French Cooking.

French Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time15 mins
Set aside1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 and 1/2 cup dark chocolate, unsweetened 200g
  • A little over 1/3 cup butter 75g
  • 3 eggs separated medium size
  • 3 egg whites medium size
  • 1/2 cup sugar, granulated 100g


  • Melt the chocolate and the butter bain-marie (hot water bath).
  • In the meantime, beat the 6 egg whites. When it starts foaming, add the sugar gradually. (I use my Kitchenaid so I have my hands free to deal with the chocolate).
  • Once the chocolate/butter mixture is melted, remove from the heat and add the egg yolks (3). Mix well. 
  • Once your egg whites are stiff and firm, incorporate the chocolate by folding carefully with a spatula. 
  • Pour in ramekins or any other dish of your choice and reserve in the fridge for an hour. 
  • Enjoy! 

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    February 15, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Oooh! This looks so easy to make, yet so delicious! My partner loves chocolate mousse. I gotta give this recipe a try! :)

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      February 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks Donna! Let me know when you do or post a picture :)

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    February 16, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I will Definately try this!! Bravo…..

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    February 18, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Who doesn’t love a good chocolate mousse? And this one seems simple enough to make yet looks so rich and decadent! Bookmarking it!

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    marilyn @family food around the clock
    February 18, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    My husband is a chocolate lover. This one is on my to do list. Thanks for sharing :)

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    February 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    I think chocolate mousse just might be my fave dessert of all time. This one looks perfectly creamy and rich, and I love that you used dark chocolate. Delicious!

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    Leanne Combden
    February 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a decadent chocolate mousse recipe! Always a crowd pleaser. And great advice on using a good quality chocolate!

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      March 18, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      You definitely can’t wrong :)! Yes, it makes a difference, I can’t go back to any other chocolate now.

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